Should one inform his Past sinful acts to the guru before taking diksha?

Should one inform his Past sinful acts to the guru before taking diksha?

Actual Question from a girl devotee (Name hidden):

Prabhuji I read your post today. I have question that should a discipline tell his master about his or her premarital violations during deeksha ceremony even if that person has revealed everything to Krishna and is leading disciplined life? What if Guru doesnt gave him or her deeksha?? Without Guru how will that person cross the ocean of maya Prabhuji??


No need to tell, but, you should lead a life of purity after taking diksha.

Most of us have committed some offences in life like cheating, lying, violating the trust of others, torturing others, physical violation, being a miser, etc.

Everyone will have atleast one of the above offences.

(What is ‘SIN’ as per the Scriptures? Definition of Sin & Tips to avoid sins! READ HERE!)

If anyone says that he/ she was leading a pure life with no offences so far, he/ she may be lying.

Committing offences and cheating is one of the four qualities of the conditioned souls.

However, taking diksha (initiation) from a guru is the start of spiritual life that should not have such offences like cheating.

A guru knows well that he is giving diksha to a devotee who might have committed some sinful acts.

He gives diksha knowingly.

(Will accepting a Guru alone elevate a devotee to attain perfection? READ HERE!)

He is ready to accept and capable of bearing the heat of such negative karma of the disciples.

In fact, a guru is taking extreme pains by accepting a disciple.  He knows that very well.

However, he gives diksha to a devotee because he likes to give Krishna to that disciple and hence he is ready to face the pains of accepting a disciple.

A guru is taking the pains of the disciples. This is the fact.

Therefore, one should see his / her guru with utmost respects and honours.

Above all, he/ she should be very honest in following the vows made while taking diksha.

A disciple must follow four regulative principles compulsorily (No meat, No gambling, No intoxication and No illicit affairs).

(Original Guru Parampara of Mahabharatha & Bhagavatham! READ HERE!)

There should be no excuses in this aspect after getting initiation.

Next, a disciple should chant the minimum number of rounds of the manthra given by his/ her guru (16 rounds in ISKCON).

Thirdly, he should offer food to Krishna and honour only the prasadam and avoid eating outside as far as possible.

These three are compulsory for the initiated disciples.

Out of the four regulative principles, avoiding illicit affairs is very important.  Though you had committed that before taking diksha, you must avoid that after diksha.

If the above three are violated, we are violating our vows taken while taking diksha.

(How to repent for not following the Vows given to Guru? READ HERE!)

This will be the betrayal of trust put by our guru on us.

However, while taking diksha, we are not asked about our past offences.  Therefore, we need not disclose them to the guru.


Because, the initiated life is our new birth as a devotee who leads a spiritual / devotional way of life.

If you commit any offences after taking diksha, it is good to inform the same to your guru and get his pardon, because you will be under his shelter after diksha.

If you follow this, you are honouring the expectations of your guru from you.

Therefore, take diksha if you are following the regulative principles, prasadam and chanting atleast for the past one year.

No need for any hesitation and guilt.

Hope you are clear now about whether one inform his Past sinful acts to the guru before taking diksha or not.


Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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